Launcher startups PLD Space, Isar Aerospace, Pangea Aerospace look for fair treatment in Europe’s market

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — More than a dozen European startups are developing small launch vehicles or technologies for them.

All of them want reassurances from their domestic governments, and from the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA), that they will receive fair treatment — not only with respect to their direct European competitors, but also with respect to Europe’s coming Ariane 6 heavy-lift and Vega-C medium-lift rockets that ESA is developing.

Three of these companies — PLD Space of Spain, Isar Aerospace of Germany and Spanish . . .

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